Tigray War Costing 1 Million Children A Third Year of School

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A total of 1.39 million children in the Tigray region are currently missing out on education. Tigrayan forces used the classrooms as a base and dumped bodies into a mass grave on school grounds. The headmaster said students refused to attend because the school was a total mess and that there was blood all over the place.

GASHENA May 19: A total of 1.39 million children in the Tigray region are currently missing out on education because of Ethiopia’s civil war, according to the United Nations.

While journalists are banned from entering Tigray, VOA was able to access the neighboring Amhara region, where schools are beginning to reopen, after Tigrayan forces that occupied much of the region withdrew in December.

But the occupation left deep scars. Residents in the town of Gashena say Tigrayan forces used the classrooms as a base, left graffiti on classroom walls, insulting the Amhara ethnic group and Ethiopia’s prime minister, and dumped bodies into a mass grave on school grounds.

The deputy headmaster of the school, Getnet Habtamu, said he had to mobilize local authorities to exhume the mass grave filled with bodies of soldiers and civilians killed during the fighting because of the psychological impact it had on students.

He said students refused to attend because the school was a total mess and that there was blood all over the place. He added that the community worked together to bring the students back to school, but teachers had to go door to door to the students’ houses to persuade them to come back.

Image: Rod Waddington
Source: VOA News

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